Serving Hatch Removal


Standard Member

I've been a follower of the forum for some time now and thought I would submit my latest DIY effort.

We've been in our current house now for just over a year.
The house is around 10 years old with a serving hatch between the kitchen and lounge/diner.
I've never been a lover of serving hatches, and on a fairly newbuild home, I was surprised to find one installed.

So I bit the bullet and decided to remove it :smashin:


The unused, eyesore!


Ripped out and looking better already


The wall bracket was offered up and positions marked for the timbers.
Timbers installed and plasterboard fitted.


During plaster application


A trial fit of wall bracket, shelves and some components

I've bought a few toys since this, and obviously hidden the unsightly cables.​
I'll update the thread as I progress.


Standard Member
Nice job... funny how old style things like a serving hatch keep getting built.

It's one thing I've never really understood with new builds either.
I know they can be made to look allot better than mine did, but they're still bleeding eyesores.


Active Member
Nice job. Sort them cables out tho....


Standard Member
Nice job. Sort them cables out tho....

All was sorted the same evening Darren.
However, after purchasing some new kit, a trial fit looked just as bad.

Had to take the shelving unit off the wall AGAIN to channel the cables through.
A right royal pain in the arse!

I can see I'm gonna get slated for the state of the last photo, so I'll upload a new one later:thumbsup:


Active Member
I too had a serving hatch but decided to fit it with a fish tank


Looking from the kitchen


Looking from the front room

I open to feed and clean from the left (Hinges on the right)

The tank was made by clearseal approx £35, measurements are 31" x 16" x 5"



Standard Member

Been there done that, didn't look as good as your though I must admit.
I flushed mine with the wall on the lounge side and left a frame on the kitchen side.

I thought I'd make a feature of it using it as a tank, however, with the frame on the lounge wall too it would've been more of a feature (like yours).

Looks a good clean job, impressive.


Active Member
Wow, thats given me an idea, thanks!

I have a very badly blocked up serving hatch in my flat, I think Stevie Wonder did it with old cornflake packets. Its always bugged me and its always been a job to rip out and redo one day, plus I have cats so couldnt have a normal fish tank, so this is perfect!

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